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November 13, 2019
While virtually all the items at an outdoor shoot in a park or garden are brought in, they can be misplaced all too easily if it's at a venue location where fellow collaborators assume it's the property of the venue itself.
Once all the supplier have gone home, it becomes increasingly unlikely you'll see an item if it's not been carefully labelled. This happened at a styled shoot I worked on and there was an unpleasant series of exchanges between two of the parties for a few weeks.
4. List of social media credits
Make sure everyone involved sends you a list of their social media handles and website links BEFORE your shoot. In fact, it's a good idea to request the Instagram handles of those you'll be featured alongside before committing to a styled shoot.
You can quickly see their company's style and see if it gels with your own. You can work out if they're running a side hustle business, are newly established or been operating for years. Sometimes, you'll discover they don't even have an Instagram handle and/or few followers, which means there are fewer vendors to help publicise the shoot!
Creating and sharing a social media handle list will help you to quickly compile the suppliers involved not only for the magazines and blogs you're contacting, but also for all suppliers to correctly and fully credit those involved.
Even if their item is not strictly in the photo, it's good manners to include everyone. You'll benefit from them promoting you, too.
5. Get your wallet out
Styled shoots aren't free and are often an advertisement by another name. Even if you provide your items for free, you aren't getting paid for them if they break. Even more common is a fee to participate.
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